XIII. LETTER TO GENERAL GREGORIO LUPERON
Santiago de Chile, June 11, 1895
General Gregorio Luperón: Saint Thomas.
Dear General and friend: Why are you not taking part in the course of the Antillean movement that Cuba has once again undertaken, a role which legitimately pertains to you as one of the American liberators?
It will probably depend upon you to form a headquarters that, in accordance with the Cuban and Puerto Rican Revolutionary Committee in New York or Cayo Hueso, would gather, organize, and henceforth put into action the forces and revolutionary supplies from Santo Domingo and Puerto Rico, and from the Cuban exiles in Puerto Plata and the neighboring islands and lands.
If I do not deceive myself, the time has come for a general movement, and we must either second it or produce it for these purposes: first, liberating Santo Domingo.. and make Cuba and Puerto Rico independent, second, fighting the annexationist influence, and third, propagating the idea of the Antillean Confederation.
Unquestionably the first step is the liberation of the Dominican Republic, which-once freed of her current ignominy, and under the political, economic, and administrative regime that her growth, prosperity, and influence could have already assured had she listened to those who knew what they thought, felt, and said-would be the natural and fertile
center for gathering, conceiving, acting on, and executing the plans that could be carried out by Antilleans eager to assure the future of the Antilles.
As I love Santo Domingo as much as my own Borinquen, and I will probably choose her-since she is the native land of most of my children-as my final home and resting place,… to begin with the liberty of
. Gregorio Luperón, General of the Dominican Restoration. See Luperón, in the chapter Quisqueya, Sit sociedad y algunos de sus hijos, from La cuna de America, Hostos, Obms Completas, vol. X.
.. Hostos alludes to the need to end the tyranny of Heureaux, the cause of General Luperón’s exile in Saint Thomas.
… Eight years later Hostos’ prophecy came true. (Editors’ notes.>
Quisqueya is so natural for me, that my thinking and wishing it is nothing more than an act of paternal selfishness; but, at the root of things, the liberty of Quisqueya is so essential to the independence of Cuba and Puerto Rico, that if by chance Cuba’s independence happens without it, Puerto Rico’s independence and the Confederation will not.
Thus: if a center of action could be organized upon these solid ideas and it could tell these peoples by means of ad hoc delegates what the outcome of the revolution of the Antilles must be, then they might give us-not only for Cuba, but for you and for us, the Quisqueyans and the Borinquenos -the material and moral aid which otherwise they will not lend.
Think about this, my dear friend, and count upon the efforts of your constant friend,
- M. Hostos
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